Fall, 2006 - For three semesters, I took C++ courses at NYU after work. Now my boss thinks I'm a C++ programmer. Meaning I have to figure out why my ostringstream manipulators aren't working instead of asking someone else to do it for me. (If any of you are C++ experts, speak up now...)
But the courses were very much worth it. On my own I wouldn't have learned a quarter of what I did in class. Keeping that in mind, in addition to the other computer course I'm taking this semester, I also decided to sign up for a French class. Pourquoi? Well, I was in France twice this year, and I should have taken French classes a year ago. But I now have a chance to redeem myself: we're planning on going to karinebou's wedding there at the end of April.
Not that I'm expecting to have any hope of having an intelligent discussion in French by then. But it can't hurt to learn a little. At least I might be able to read the signs better. And if I bring a cat, a mouse, and a monkey, I'll be all set. As long as the monkey sticks to doing things I know how to say:
(Transcript of the video is here. But it's funnier to watch...)
Anyway, it's as good an excuse as any to learn something new. I've always wanted to know another language - my pitiful high-school Spanish doesn't count - and now I'm finally getting off my butt and doing something about it.
(So far I'm having trouble remembering where to put all the accent marks, and I'm really really hating this whole gender business. I'm sure there will be plenty more to get frustated over. What do you non-native English speakers hate most about learning English?)
Next semester I plan to take French *and* Spanish. So by this time next year, I'll be able to speak really badly in French, Spanish, and C++.